Despite the absence of a network franchise, actress Angelica Panganiban marvels at how ABS-CBN shows are still somehow being aired in various platforms, and it’s something that she is very grateful for.
Panganiban thinks that the network’s shows have wider reach now, thanks to the different digital mediums where they are being streamed.
“Siguro sa ngayon… mas maganda na lang tingnan ‘yung positibong nangyari sa show. Kumbaga, natanggalan ng franchise, natanggalan ng isang network pero ipinapalabas naman ngayon sa kung saan-saan. I mean, parang mas lumawak ang mundo,” she said during the online press conference on April 12 for the finale of her teleserye “Walang Hanggang Paalam.”
(Maybe for now, it is better to look at the positive things that happened to the show. That is, [the network] was denied a franchise, one network was removed but the series is still shown all over. I mean, the world seems to have broadened.)
After the network was denied franchise, some of its shows have gone back on free TV via TV5 and A2Z channel.
“May Kapamilya channel, may Jeepney channel, may iWantTFC. Mas dumami ang platforms kung saan kami napapanood kaya kahit papaano ay talagang napaka-thankful pa rin,” she said.
(There’s the Kapamilya channel, Jeepney channel and iWantTFC. There are more platforms where we are being watched now and we’re just thankful.)
Due to the pandemic, Panganiban initially had second thoughts about working, but chose to work just the same. She also feels sad about those who lost jobs.
“Ang daming nawawalan ng trabaho, kaliwa’t kanan. Kumbaga, dinadaan mo na lang sa dasal,” she said.
(Many lost their jobs, left and right. It’s like you just leave it to prayers.)
Panganiban admits there were moments of paranoia during the first few days of taping but she overcame her worries because of the safe protocols that the network imposed.
“Naging responsible sila enough dahil dinala nila kami doon at iuuwi din nila kami na safe sa mga bahay namin,” she said.
(They were responsible enough when they brought us there and they would bring us back in the safety of our homes.)
In the finale episode tomorrow, April 16, Panganiban’s Celine character and Paulo Avelino’s Emman will fight against all odds in the hopes of rebuilding their family and reuniting with their son Robbie. The show airs on the Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, TV5, Kapamilya Online Live YouTube channel, ABS-CBN Entertainment Facebook page, and iWantTFC. For viewers outside of the Philippines, catch it on The Filipino Channel on cable and IPTV. JB